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On Ukraine's 'other side' to the west, fears of familiar crisis brew

People wave European Union and Moldavian national flagsAnother crisis on Ukraine’s borders may be brewing — this time on the west, in tiny Moldova.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:14:10 -0400

Mom pleads for U.S. journalist's release

Mother of American hostage issues direct appeal to ISIS leaderMother of Steven Sotloff, held hostage by ISIL, made plea in video aimed at his captors.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:21:33 -0400

Israeli PM Netanyahu declares victory in Gaza war

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 24, 2014 at the Defense Ministry in the costal city of Tel AvivJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister declared victory Wednesday in the recent war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, saying the military campaign had dealt a heavy blow and a cease-fire deal gave no concessions to the Islamic militant group.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:08:53 -0400

U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

United States Coast Guard personnel are seen on their boat as they arrive back in Miami Beach on October 17, 2012A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:37:13 -0400

McDonnell daughter: Mom had 'mild obsession' with exec

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell, left, and her daughter Cailin YoungThe eldest daughter of former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that her parents' marriage had been troubled for many years and her mom developed "a mild obsession" with the Virginia businessman whose gifts to the family are at the heart of the McDonnells' corruption trial.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:19:26 -0400

US F-15 fighter crashes in Va.

Photos of the day - July 15, 2014Officials say jet, based in Mass., went down near Deerfield. Va.; pilot's fate not known.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:21:19 -0400

Suspect wounded in NYC shootout with US marshals

Queens gunman wounded, in custody after shootout with US Marshals, NYPDNEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities say a fugitive wanted for nearly two decades on drug charges was wounded during a shootout with U.S. marshals who tracked him down in Queens, New York.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:52:51 -0400

Humor us: Fallon to lead Kennedy Center honors for Leno

FILE - This Jan. 13, 2013 file photo shows Jay Leno, left, and Jimmy Fallon backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his “Tonight Show” predecessor Jay Leno with the nation’s top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Leno will receive the prize during a performance by his fellow comedians Oct. 19 in Washington. The show will be broadcast nationally Nov. 23 on PBS stations. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — Jimmy Fallon will lead top comedians in saluting his "Tonight Show" predecessor Jay Leno with the nation's top humor prize in October at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:37:07 -0400

US considers another relief operation in N. Iraq

FILE- This undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. The Gulf nation of Qatar is hitting back at suggestions that it supports the Islamic State extremist group, saying that “determined, collective action” is needed to end sectarian violence gripping Iraq and Syria. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah unequivocally denied funding the extremist group. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center- File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:47:30 -0400

Third top doctor in Sierra Leone succumbs to Ebola

During a training session participants listen as they stand over a mannequinFREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A third top doctor has died from Ebola in Sierra Leone, a government official said Wednesday, as a leading American health official warned that the outbreak sweeping West Africa would get worse before it gets better.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:26:04 -0400

Nine-year-old girl with Uzi accidentally kills gun instructor

9-year-old accidentally kills instructor at gun rangePHOENIX (AP) — "All right, full auto," the firing-range instructor tells a 9-year-old girl. She braces the Uzi submachine gun and opens fire at a black-silhouette target. But the recoil wrenches the fully automatic weapon upward, and the instructor is shot in the head and killed.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:27:25 -0400

How 'political correctness' protected UK pedophiles

People walk in the town centre, in Rotherham, England, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. About 1,400 children were sexually exploited in a northern England town, a report concluded Tuesday in a damning account of "collective failures" by authorities to prevent victims as young as 11 from being beaten, raped and trafficked over a 16-year period. (AP Photo/Sylvia Hui)1,400 children feared abused in N. England while authorities' fear of appearing racist stopped action.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:08:00 -0400

2 rescued as disabled boat neared Niagara Falls' edge

This May 15, 2014, photo shows a Hornblower Niagara Cruises Catamaran, foreground, and a Maid of the Mist boat, background, in the Niagara Gorge below Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist Steamboat Co. continues to launch from the American shore but lost its Canadian contract to rival Hornblower Niagara Cruises.(AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say two boaters were about two miles from the brink of Niagara Falls when they were rescued from their disabled vessel by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:53:05 -0400

Muslim extremism's appeal in UK

Robb Leech and Richard DartBritish filmmaker chronicles stepbrother Richard Darl's turn to jihadism in 2009.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:00:00 -0400

Police chief vows to stay in wake of enormous child sex abuse scandal in UK

Authorities were blamed for failing to act after it emerged that 1,400 minors were sexually abusedSouth Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) rejected calls for his resignation Wednesday following a shocking report into the abuse of hundreds of young people in Rotherham. The report, commissioned by Rotherham Council and published Tuesday, revealed that some 1,400 minors were sexually abused in the Yorkshire town over a 16-year period. It detailed "utterly appalling" incidents of gang rape, kidnapping and trafficking of girls as young as 11, and blamed local authorities for a "blatant" failure to act over child exploitation, the full scale of which is still not known. Rotherham Borough Council leader Roger Stone resigned immediately after the report's publication and PCC Shaun Wright, who was head of children's services at the council from 2005 to 2010, faced mounting calls Wednesday to follow his lead.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:00:20 -0400

Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in U.S.

A screen grab from an Al-Jazeera video shows Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old a freelance journalist, during his detention by Al-Qaeda militants in SyriaAmerican journalist Peter Theo Curtis has returned home to the United States, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:47:04 -0400

UN Security Council confirms attack caused SSudan copter crash

UN peace keepers on August 12, 2014 in the South Sudanese capital JubaUnited Nations (United States) (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday confirmed that an attack caused the crash of UN helicopter in South Sudan that killed three Russian crew members.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:53:47 -0400

iWatch Launching With iPhone 6 on Sept. 9 (Report)

iWatch Launching With iPhone 6 on Sept. 9 (Report)The iPhone 6's unveiling date has been all but confirmed to be Sept. 9, and it's not the only new gadget we might see that day. According to reports from Re/code, Apple's long rumored iWatch will be revealed alongside its smartphone cousin, in what could be one of Apple's biggest product launch events yet. While this latest report conflicts with rumors about the iWatch's purported October launch window, it makes a whole lot of sense for Apple to debut its first-ever wearable alongside the highly anticipated iPhone 6.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:53:37 -0400

House of the Day: Montana Pad Boasts Subterranean Stream and Much Scenery

House of the Day: Montana Pad Boasts Subterranean Stream and Much SceneryHave a nomination for a jaw-dropping listing that would make a mighty fine House of the Day? Get thee to the tipline and send us your suggestions. We'd love to see what you've got. Click here to view the full...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:53:30 -0400

Construction Watch: I-280 Just Eye Candy for Future Condos with Skimpy Parking

Construction Watch: I-280 Just Eye Candy for Future Condos with Skimpy ParkingAt the beginning of this week, a warehouse stood at the bedraggled corner of Pennsylvania and 17th streets. The structure had been in disrepair for years, with discarded furniture and trash surrounding its Pennsylvania Avenue side. Now it has...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:53:25 -0400

Rebels seize ground as West claims Russia army is in Ukraine

Pro-Russian militant speaks on the phone as he secures the area around a burnt car in downtown Donetsk on August 27, 2014Rebels in east Ukraine appeared on Wednesday to have seized swathes of territory from government forces who abandoned vehicles and ammunition as they retreated, while Western intelligence said Russian army units were operating inside the country. After weeks of successful military operations that have seen government forces push deep into the last rebel bastions, the tide appears to be turning once again in the four-month conflict, prompting a nervous government in Kiev to call on NATO for help. AFP journalists saw no signs of government troops south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk, with road blocks on the entire 100-kilometre (60-mile) stretch to the Azov Sea manned by pro-Russian rebels.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:52:46 -0400

Booze Tracking: And now, your monthly reality check...

Booze Tracking: And now, your monthly reality check...And now, your monthly reality check on which Austin establishments move the most alcohol. Yet again, Top Golf nabs the number one spot, with hotels and various Dirty Sixth bars rounding out must of the top ten.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:52:41 -0400

Brooklyn is Booming: Mapping Hundreds of Greenpoint Apartments Now On the Rise

Brooklyn is Booming: Mapping Hundreds of Greenpoint Apartments Now On the RiseGreenpoint, which was recently heralded by a New York Times interviewee as "the next Williamsburg" (a little slow on that one, guy), is not new to the hot 'hood roster. However, the northern Brooklyn neighborhood is certainly experiencing a...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:52:38 -0400

These Walls, Talking: House Deemed Too Modern to Exist is Tweeting for Its Life

These Walls, Talking: House Deemed Too Modern to Exist is Tweeting for Its LifePhoto via Louis Cherry Architecture Yesterday, closing arguments were presented in a case that will decide the fate of a home in Raleigh, North Carolina's Oakwood Historic District, whose across-the-street neighbor has deemed it too modern to exist. Raleigh architect...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:52:31 -0400

These Walls, Talking: A North Carolina home whose construction...

These Walls, Talking: A North Carolina home whose construction...A North Carolina home whose construction was halted by a neighbor believing it to be too modern for Raleigh's historic Oakwood neighborhood is awaiting a court ruling, and a sympathetic someone voicing the home's interior monologue on Twitter is turning...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:51:49 -0400

USC administrators examine differing Shaw stories

This undated photo provided by the University of Southern California sports information office shows defensive back Josh Shaw. The university is investigating his story that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning. Head football coach Steve Sarkisian said USC has received calls contradicting Shaw's detailed claims about his two high ankle sprains. (AP Photo/University of Southern California)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California administrators are examining the conflicting stories surrounding the injuries of cornerback Josh Shaw, whose heroic tale of rescue has been disputed.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:51:34 -0400

Sold Stuff: Unflattering Lakeview Two-Flat Scored Contract in Four Days

Sold Stuff: Unflattering Lakeview Two-Flat Scored Contract in Four DaysThey say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for this century-old Lakeview two-flat in seriously rough shape, it only took four days to find a buyer. Listed as a "great opportunity for the savvy buyer",...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:51:19 -0400

OPENING ALERT: Fieri, Besh, & More Chefs Open New Restaurants Inside the Horseshoe Casino

OPENING ALERT: Fieri, Besh, & More Chefs Open New Restaurants Inside the Horseshoe CasinoBaltimore's Horseshoe Casino, which features restaurants from many celebrity chefs, drew a huge crowd when it opened last night. According to WJLA, lines to enter the $442 million facility were around the block "and packed into the parking garage."...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:50:27 -0400

A mother's appeal as fears mount for Syria hostages

A photo courtesy of Etienne de Malglaive and dated June 2, 2011 shows American journalist Steven Sotloff (center with dark helmet) talking to rebels west of Misrata, LibyaThe mother of a US hostage who has been threatened with death by jihadist militants pleaded for his life on Wednesday amid mounting fears for Americans captured in Syria. Last week's murder of journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State has focused attention on other American hostages, including 31-year-old freelancer Steven Sotloff. Another US journalist, Peter Theo Curtis, returned home Tuesday after nearly two years captivity, but US media reported the Islamic State is still holding a 26-year-old female aid worker who has yet to be publicly identified. The masked militant seen beheading Foley in a video released by the group also threatened to kill Sotloff unless US President Barack Obama orders a halt to air strikes against the group.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:46:07 -0400

Self-deluded stage mom grabs 'The Last of Robin Hood' spotlight

Actress Susan Sarandon arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year in New YorkBy Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thwarted ambition and shattered dreams push actress Susan Sarandon to become the ultimate stage mother in "The Last of Robin Hood," a drama about the final fling of middle-aged matinee idol Errol Flynn and his teenage lover. As Florence Aadland, the mother of Flynn's young paramour Beverly, Sarandon ventures into Aadland's deluded nature and complicit role in the illicit two-year affair that shocked Hollywood when it was made public after Flynn's death in 1959. Sarandon, an Oscar winner for "Dead Man Walking," has played mothers, and even a grandmother, in films ranging from "Pretty Baby" in 1978 to 2014's comedy "Tammy." As the frumpish Aadland, a former dancer whose career ended when she lost a leg in a car accident, Sarandon portrays a woman who lived vicariously through the daughter she had groomed for a career in Hollywood. Academy Award winner Kevin Kline ("A Fish Called Wanda") plays Flynn, the hard-drinking, notorious ladies' man known for his swashbuckling roles in the 1930s films "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and "Captain Blood." Flynn had already faced two accusations of statutory rape that nearly ruined his waning career when he met Beverly, played by actress Dakota Fanning of the "Twilight" films.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:45:48 -0400

EU to beef up border agency to deal with migrants

In this Picture released by the Italian Navy, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, migrants wait to be boarded on the San Giusto Navy ship, along the Mediterranean sea, off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano renewed his demand for the European Union to relieve pressure on Italy, which has seen some 100,000 migrants arrive so far this year alone. The country says it spends 9.5 million euros ($13 million) a month to operate the beefed-up air and sea patrols that were launched after more than 360 migrants drowned off the Italian island of Lampedusa last October. "Italy will make its own decisions" if EU partners don't offer assistance, he warned in a tweet. The EU's home affairs commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, thanked Italy for its "huge efforts" to save lives and said in a statement she would meet Wednesday with Alfano "to better define priorities and provide assistance." (AP Photo/Italian Navy)ROME (AP) — The European Commission agreed Wednesday to Italian demands to replace Rome's politically unpopular emergency operation for rescuing would-be refugees crossing the Mediterranean with an EU-wide project.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:45:34 -0400

Construction Watch: Take a Backstage Tour of OMA's Taipei Performing Arts Center

Construction Watch: Take a Backstage Tour of OMA's Taipei Performing Arts CenterPhoto via Architizer In celebration of the newly topped out Taipei Performing Arts Center—a cube-like theater space with protruding spheres designed by the Rem Koolhaas-led OMA firm—come take a tour of the still-skeletal construction site. Shot by Dutch architectural photographer...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:43:46 -0400

US commander: Afghans face Taliban test in 2015

Outgoing commander of ISAF, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, first left, and incoming U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, first right, salute during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan that was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001. It will end its mission at the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:42:47 -0400

Time Warner Cable suffers major outage; New York launches probe

Pedestrians walk past the Time Warner Cable headquarters in New YorkThe outage to all of its Internet customers across 29 states began at about 4:30 a.m. EDT, said company spokesman Bobby Amirshahi. The outage came at a critical time for Time Warner, which is working to win FCC approval of a $45 billion proposed merger with Comcast Corp, the largest U.S.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:42:47 -0400

Checking In: Retired Italian Soccer Stars Want to Give Hudson St. A Hotel

Checking In: Retired Italian Soccer Stars Want to Give Hudson St. A HotelA new hotel may soon be rising at the corner of Hudson and Canal Streets in Soho/Hudson Square/whatever this area is called. Tribeca Citizen looked into the somewhat confusing site, and found a website for a project called the...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:42:27 -0400

Donors give nearly $700K after police shooting

A group of protesters march from City Hall to the federal courthouse a few blocks away Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in St. Louis. About 100 protesters marched as they continue to press for broader reforms to local and federal law enforcement following the shooting death of Michael Brown by police. They were calling attention not only to Brown's death but also the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Kajieme Powell by St. Louis police 10 days later. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Donors have given nearly $700,000 to online fundraising sites set up to collect money for the family of a black 18-year-old and the white police officer who fatally shot him in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:41:53 -0400

Coming Attractions: Italian Chef Davide Scabin Behind a New MePa Wine Bar

Coming Attractions: Italian Chef Davide Scabin Behind a New MePa Wine BarItaly's Mulino a Vino restaurant is planning to open a New York location soon in the Meatpacking District. The wine-focused restaurant plans to have diners select their wine first, with the help of waiters acting in "mini-sommelier capacities," and...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:41:32 -0400

Tyson wins U.S. antitrust approval of Hillshire deal: Justice Department

File of traders gathering at the post that trades Tyson Foods on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval for its purchase of Hillshire Brands Company , the Justice Department said on Wednesday. The companies agreed to sell Heinold Hog Markets to win approval for the $8.5 billion deal, the department said. (Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:41:03 -0400

LA's Lost Mad Men: Before Mad Men, there was Great...

LA's Lost Mad Men: Before Mad Men, there was Great...Before Mad Men, there was Great Society, a never-produced HBO show about a young radical who lands a job at Santa Monica's RAND Corporation in 1966. GS was created by Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein, best known for helming The...

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:40:26 -0400

William Greaves, TV host and filmmaker, dead at 87

FILE- In this Oct. 6, 2006 file photo, author Walter Mosely, left, Elinor R. Tatum, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Amsterdam News, center, and documentary filmmaker William Greaves attend the 80th anniversary celebration of Harlem's Schomburg Center at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Greaves, the Emmy-award winning producer and co-host of the groundbreaking "Black Journal" and a prolific and adventurous filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died. He was 87. (AP Photo/Rick Maiman, file)NEW YORK (AP) — William Greaves, the Emmy-award winning producer and co-host of the groundbreaking television show "Black Journal" and a prolific filmmaker whose subjects ranged from Muhammad Ali to the Harlem Renaissance to the black middle class, has died.

Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:40:20 -0400
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